This is a worse nanny state intrusion than the "Here, Kid, eat this and go tell your mother she doesn't care enough about you to give you healthy food" lunchroom incident:
A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.
The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.
Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”
But let me rethink this a bit. We didn't live on a farm, but my parents saddled me with lots of chores when I was growing up. It was like I had some obligation or something just because chance had me born into that family! They didn't ask me if I liked the chores, and they certainly didn't take into account things like how long a child should be bored with repetitive tasks or how early or late in the day he should be allowed to rest.
That was awfully disrespectful of my rights, don't you think? Wonder if I can bring a posthumous suit against them. This day and age, don't say no so fast.